Niall Arthur scores a goal for Louth in today's match with Tyrone. (Pic: Arthur Kinahan)
Allianz National Hurling League
Louth 4-12 Tyrone 0-20
It couldn't have gone much better for Niall Arthur on his first outing in the Louth colours. Taking his place at full-forward, the Clareman scored 2-9 as his adopted county claimed a first league win in two years, in yesterday's Division 3A tie at Darver.
A well-contested match had its feature in the marksmanship of both Drogheda-based Arthur and Damien Casey. Eoghan Ruadh
The sides were level when Louth had half-back Andrew McCrave red-carded twelve minutes into the second half. But within a minute, Arthur put his side ahead for the first time since early in the match, and after adding two more points to his
That early Louth lead came when, after only a minute's play, Shane Callan scored a cracking goal.The Pearse Og player didn't bother to put his hand to the sliotar after it had come in from a sideline puck;
Callan, one of the side's most experienced players, started on the
Due largely to Casey's flawless free-taking, Tyrone fought back and at half-time
Also figuring on the winning side was Gerry Arthur, a brother of top scorer, both of them members of the Inagh Kilamona club in their native county. Should they decide to get involved in Louth club hurling, St Fechin's are the most likely to benefit.
Louth: Stephen Hackett; Mark Wallace, Mike Lyons, Conor Matthews; Stephen Kettle, Ronan Byrne, Andrew McCrave (0-1); Donal Ryan, Gerry Arthur; Gerard Smyth (1-0), Shane Callan (1-0), Seaghan Connelly; Paul Matthews (0-1), Niall Arthur (2-9, 0-7 frees), Paddy Lynch (0-1)
Subs: Paddy McCormack for Smyth, John Crosbie for Paul Matthews, David Kettle for Lynch
Tyrone: Conor McElhatton; Dermot Begley, Brendan Begley (0-1), Tiernan Morgan; Padraig McHugh, Stephen Donnelly, Chris Kearns; Conor McNally, Ryan McKernan (0-2); Damien Casey (0-13, nine frees), Pierse O'Kelly, Chris Cross; Bryan McGurk, Aidan Kelly (0-3), Liam Armstrong (0-1)
Subs: Peadar Daly for Crosse, Ciarán Lagan for Armstrong
Referee: Chris Cooney (Dublin)